Editors worldwide are going kind of nuts over the return of boldness and color on the runways (did color ever really leave?). Either way, I decided to do a little skimming for my favorite Spring/Summer 2011 shoes, but with a myopic focus: said shoes had to contain some element of the color green. Why? ‘Cause it’s my favorite color. While none are available quite yet, at least this mini-guide will give you a sense of what to wish/save for should vert also be your tone of choice—seafoam is totally the new black. In a niche world once briefly dominated by a man whose last name starts with L and ends in –ouboutin (yet has now sadly gone the way of t –acky), a couple of players stand at the ready to fill the role of trendy “it” shoe designer. My prediction? Brit Nicholas Kirkwood. Already well on his way to attaining cult/obsession/freak-out status, Kirkwood makes wild and pretty shoes for wild and pretty people. Look at this blue-green platform. Appreciate its teetering height and its aerodynamic lines. While Kirkwood may not have as obvious a signature as a bright red sole, those who know his designs can spot them from miles and miles away. Kirkwood is sold at Jeffrey New York.
Italian provocation via Miu Miu is forever appreciated in my book, and I will respect you immensely if you can pull these heels off. In a collection rife with pop elements and all kinds of Miuccia Prada headiness, it will take a certain amount of eccentricity to wear these effectively. If you can’t muster it, these stripey heels are just awesome to gaze at. Contact Miu Miu in Soho.
Where would American fashion design be in 2010 without Alexander Wang? Though his S/S 2011 collection was arguably not his best, the shoes are sure to be sell-outs as usual. For example, this army-drab cutout chunky boot has all the essential Wang elements that skinny androgynous city girls craze over. With an eponymous store in the works, you’ll soon be able to get your Alex fill in one stop. For now, contact Barneys or Opening Ceremony.